Today is Stress Awareness Day, which aims to start a conversation on stress, and encourage people to share their experiences and tips for coping with pressure and worries.
Given what everyone has been through over the last eighteen months, it is hardly surprising that many of us are reporting an increase in stress levels. It has become more important than ever to focus on our own sense of wellbeing and to make it a real priority.
Devon Wellbeing Hub is here to help colleagues who are struggling with stress, who are feeling overwhelmed or finding it hard to cope with any element of their wellbeing.
Colleagues can access support from the Hub, either individually of or alongside your team. The Hub’s wellbeing assessment provides a space to identify any particular difficulties or areas of stress that you’re experiencing and talk through the impact they’ve had on your mental health or wellbeing. We can then start to think about ways to deal with the difficulties or ways to process the toll they have taken, and help you to create a plan to move forward.
A Colleague Wellbeing Practitioner at the Hub said: “We recognise that stress isn’t just a workplace issue, and many of us have a lot going on at the moment. The way we deal with day-to-day life and its pressures varies from person to person; something that has a small impact on one person can be hugely stressful for someone else. We would like to encourage anyone to contact us for an assessment if they think it might be helpful. No problem is too big or too small. We will come up with a plan together in the appointment and the Hub team will always do their very best to point you towards the right support.”
The Hub also offers support to teams that are feeling overwhelmed with stress as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. If a team has been directly affected by the pandemic, and would benefit from an intervention to the whole staff group, our team of psychologists can offer group sessions to help teams share, process and make sense of their experiences. The team can also work with managers to help to create a positive environment to improve staff wellbeing.
Jody Merelle, Psychotherapist at the Hub, added, “One of the things we offer at the Hub is support for teams. This can be in the form of reflective practice - a safe space for colleagues to discuss the challenges, successes and coping strategies of the last eighteen months or as a tailor-made workshop designed to meet the particular issues, dynamics and aims of your team. We invite participants to think about what wellbeing means to them personally and the steps that can be taken to ensure that we look after ourselves both as teams and individuals as best we can.
“We welcome new referrals and look forward to working alongside you!”
If you or your team are struggling with stress, feeling overwhelmed or struggling with any other element of your wellbeing, you don’t have to cope alone. Devon Wellbeing Hub is a free NHS service, here to help you find a way forward from stress.
Getting support from the Hub is simple. Now more than ever, it’s important to look after our wellbeing, so get in touch by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling on 0300 303 5455. You can also fill out the simple referral form on our website.
If you want to find out more about the Hub, you can also watch this Devon Wellbeing Hub video in which members of the team talk about the service, why it was set up and how it can support you with your wellbeing.